New York City Department of Sanitation tests Mack alternative fuel trucks

In collaboration with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Oberon Fuels, San Diego, Mack Trucks, Greensboro, North Carolina, began a demonstration to test the performance of a dimethyl ether- (DME-) powered Mack Pinnacle model on Jan. 12, 2017. DSNY is the first Mack customer to evaluate DME, a nontoxic, clean-burning alternative fuel, the company says.

“We look forward to gathering data with DSNY and Oberon to better determine the performance and drivability of the DME-powered Mack Pinnacle model,” says Dennis Slagle, Mack president.

Mack says DME delivers the same performance as diesel fuel and generates no soot. The fuel offers many benefits, including that it can be made from multiple sustainable feedstocks, such as food waste, animal waste, grass clippings and natural gas. It offers the same performance and energy efficiency as diesel and does not require cryogenic temperatures or high tank pressures.

The Mack Pinnacle Axle Back model is equipped with a Mack MP 8 13-liter engine and the Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission.

The DSNY evaluation took place at the Freshkills Landfill, Staten Island, New York, and lasted several weeks. Results are expected in mid-2017.

New York City recently announced a vision to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent in 2050 compared with 2005. To achieve this goal, the city must reduce 43 million metric tons of GHG emissions. When produced from organic waste, DME can reduce GHG emissions.

“DME could be one solution to help us achieve this goal, and we are pleased to be partnering with Mack Trucks on this endeavor,” says Deputy Commissioner Rocco DiRico, DSNY.

“This first-ever customer demonstration of a DME Mack truck is an excellent opportunity to showcase the potential of DME in real-world use cases,” says Rebecca Boudreaux, president of Oberon Fuels. “We commend the New York City Department of Sanitation and Mack Trucks for their leadership in this program, which we believe will advance the testing and adoption of the zero-soot, low-carbon, emissions-reducing DME fuel to help cities around the world become more sustainable.”

Explosion at McNeilus plant injures six

An explosion that occurred Jan. 11, 2017, at McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Inc. in Dodge Center, Minnesota, injured six employees, but according to Associated Press (AP) reports, the situation could have been far worse.

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose told the AP many employees who would have been in the area of the explosion were off-site at a training exercise when the blast happened around 10:30 a.m.

Six people reportedly were injured in the incident. Two were flown by medical helicopter to a St. Paul hospital, and two were taken by ambulance to a Rochester hospital, the AP report says. Another two were treated at the scene for minor medical issues. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The plant, located on 145-acres, makes cement and refuse trucks and employs up to 1,200 people.

Caterpillar moves global headquarters to Chicago area

Caterpillar Inc. has announced it will locate its global headquarters and a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year and reaffirmed the ongoing importance of its presence in Peoria and central Illinois.

“Caterpillar’s board of directors has been discussing the benefits of a more accessible, strategic location for some time,” says Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. “Since 2012, about two-thirds of Caterpillar’s sales and revenues have come from outside the U.S. Locating our headquarters closer to a global transportation hub, such as Chicago, means we can meet with our global customers, dealers and employees more easily and frequently.”

Umpleby adds, “We value our deep roots in central Illinois, and Peoria will continue to be our hometown. The vast majority of our people will remain in this important region where we have many essential facilities and functions.”

As a result of continuing challenging market conditions and the need to prioritize resources to focus on growth, Caterpillar says it will not build the previously announced headquarters complex in Peoria. The existing headquarters building will continue to be used for Caterpillar offices.

Over the last five years, Caterpillar, along with its employees and retirees, has contributed more than $60 million to support thousands of families, organizations and programs across central Illinois. The company says it will continue its philanthropic support and deep civic involvement in the Peoria area.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says, “As mayor, I never want jobs moving out of the city. However, the overwhelming majority of Caterpillar employees and their families based in the Peoria area won’t be impacted by this decision. I’m pleased Caterpillar continues to call Peoria its hometown.”

“If Caterpillar succeeds globally, we win in central Illinois,” says Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew Rand. “I’m disappointed we can’t keep every job here, but if moving some of its team near Chicago helps Caterpillar thrive, it will benefit Peoria, our county and the surrounding communities.”

A limited number of senior executives will move into the new office space. Cat says it expects 300 employees to be based there. Some positions will be relocated from Peoria.

Bandit reaches $3 million settlement for alleged Clean Air Act violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a settlement with Bandit Industries Inc., Remus, Michigan, for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for selling nonroad diesel engines and equipment used to process wood and waste that do not meet federal standards. Bandit has agreed to pay a $3 million civil penalty.

The complaint alleges that Bandit sold nonroad diesel-fueled engines and equipment that were neither covered by the certificates of conformity required by the Clean Air Act nor exempt from that certification requirement under the requirements of the Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM). Additionally, as alleged, Bandit built and sold equipment with engines using older emission standards in exceedance of normal inventory restrictions or “stockpiling.”

The settlement follows what Bandit says was its voluntary self-disclosure to the EPA after it discovered one of its suppliers of engines shipped 2,300 diesel engines between 2012 to 2015 that Bandit understood to be legally conforming engines.

The complaint alleges that Bandit did not transition to the current emissions standards in time and sold equipment with older noncompliant engines, creating a competitive advantage over manufacturers offering compliant products.

Bandit says it does not admit liability and expressly denies any intentional or deliberate TPEM noncompliance in the agreement. The company also states it has put measures in place to ensure all further engines installed on its equipment will comply with the federal Clean Air Act.

BHS adds PAAL baler line to product offerings

Kadant Inc., Westford, Massachusetts, has named Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) the exclusive distributor of its balers to material recovery facilities (MRFs) in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, through BHS, Kadant has landed its first U.S. order for a channel baler, which will be installed at a regional MRF in Monterey, California.

“We are pleased to be entering this segment of the North American recycling market with BHS, a leader in the design and manufacture of large scale sorting systems,” says Jonathan Painter, president and CEO of Kadant. “Our high quality, German-engineered balers are uniquely aligned with BHS’ commitment to performance and quality. We are honored that Kadant’s first U.S. baler will be part of the advanced materials recovery facility BHS is constructing in Monterey, California. This facility will be operated by the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, an award-winning 65-year-old operation recognized as one of the best solid waste systems in North America.”

BHS is constructing the 70-ton-per-hour multiline MRF for the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, which is set to open later this year.

BHS Director of Sales Ted Pierpont says, “Known as California’s ‘First City,’ Monterey is a fitting home for North America’s first Paal Konti baler. To bring Europe’s leading horizontal baler brand to America just makes good sense. World-class quality with a low total cost of ownership compared to other single-ram balers in the U.S. market—BHS is delighted to offer this premier baling solution to our customers.”

“We believe Kadant’s channel baler offers our customers a combination of cutting-edge technology and performance that is uniquely well-suited to the needs of sophisticated, large-scale recycling facilities,” says Steve Miller, BHS CEO.

He adds, “Paal balers fill a significant gap in the market and align perfectly with the quality and performance that BHS systems and equipment are known for. Finally our U.S. and Canadian customers have access to the quality and performance they demand, the service and support they deserve and at a price point that actually makes sense.”

Recycling Today Media Group releases digital directories

The Recycling Today Media Group, publisher of Recycling Today magazine, Waste Today magazine, Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine and Recycling TodayGlobal.com, has announced its directories, the Paper Recycling Markets Directory and North American Scrap Metals Directory, now are available as searchable online business tools.

The North American Scrap Metals Directory provides listings for more than 11,000 companies involved in the collection, processing and brokerage of all grades of scrap metal, including auto dismantlers, recyclers and many more. The Paper Recycling Markets Directory includes more than 4,000 paper stock dealers, material recovery facilities (MRFs) and brokers, as well as many recovered paper mills.

Individual listings in the directories include company name; address; website; email; phone; type of operation; commodities handled (when provided); rail access (exclusive to scrap metals directory); Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) members and more.

The directory databases also feature a search tool designed to put information at the fingertips of subscribers.

Access to the directories is granted through an annual subscription. Users may subscribe to the directories individually or with a combined subscription.

Full subscription details are available at http://store.recycling today.com/en/rt-directories.

Hurst Boiler & Welding Co. celebrates 50th anniversary

Established in 1967, Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Coolidge, Georgia, celebrates 50 years of international boiler and controls manufacturing and solutions.

“In 1967, my parents, Gene and Edna Hurst, founded Hurst Boiler and Welding Co. Inc., upon the core values of integrity, achievement, investment and balance,” says Tommy Hurst, president. “Fifty years later, their founding principles have ensured steady growth and success that has seen us through both good times and economic downturns to become the strong, still family owned corporation that we are today. We remain committed to helping our customers, employees, vendors and associates accomplish their goals, and we’d like to thank everyone for their dedicated support during the past 50 years. We promise to continue providing value to our partners every day and working with integrity in everything we do.”

Hurst Boiler began in 1967 as a repair company of industrial boilers and equipment. Today, Hurst Boiler and Welding Co. has expanded to more than 250 employees and 130 privately owned representative organizations worldwide. Hurst’s main manufacturing facility has grown to 300,000 square feet on an 18-acre campus.

Hurst Boiler says it has plans for strategic expansion into new markets and additional product innovation.

BioHiTech Global to install nine digesters in California

BioHiTech Global Inc., Chestnut Ridge, New York, says it has received a purchase order from a growing West Coast specialty grocery chain to deploy its Eco-safe digesters at nine additional California locations to comply with the state’s newly implemented food waste disposal regulations. BioHiTech’s commercial food waste disposal converts food waste into wastewater.

California’s mandatory commercial organics recycling program expanded its reach Jan. 1, 2017, to mandatee that all businesses generating 4 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week divert their organic waste from landfill. It originally included business that generate 8 cubic yards or more of organics.

BioHiTech says it already has installed more than 25 Eco-safe digesters throughout California. The company says these new regulations in the state are providing increased demand for its products because more businesses must divert food waste from traditional disposal options.

The company says real-time measurement of waste generation is the pinnacle in reducing overall waste generation, while efficient conversion of organic waste into a safe wastewater byproduct is as an environmentally sound means of food waste diversion.

“We are extremely excited about the expansion of our relationship with this premier customer and happy to continue providing our Eco-safe digesters as the preferred means of organic waste diversion for this growing specialty grocery chain,” says Frank E. Celli, CEO, BioHiTech.

He adds, “As we continue to focus on growing our recurring revenue steam, the further penetration into existing clients serves as testimony to the value of our products and the exciting opportunity to expand our relationships as more customers are faced with the challenge of identifying cost-effective food waste diversion methods.”

Lindner honored for alternative fuels support

Austria-based Lindner-Recyclingtech has received two prizes at the Global CemFuels Awards 2017, which were presented in February at the 11th Global CemFuels Conference and Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.

One of the awards went to Lindner in the category “Most Innovative Technology for Alternative Fuels.” Lindner says it is the first manufacturer of shredding machines to have won an award in this category four times.

The 2017 award was to honor the 2016 market launch of its Polaris single-shaft shredder. The company says it “optimized this system for the one-step processing of refuse-derived fuel (RDF), specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements of the cement and lime industry and, thus, set a new benchmark in this sector.”

In the category “Alternative Fuels Supplier of the Year,” the global CemFuels Award went to the Dutch company N+P International B.V., which uses a Polaris single-shaft shredder for the production of its RDF. It is the third consecutive year N+P has received this award N+P has been able to increase its production capacity to a shredder output of 20 metric tons of industrial waste per hour. The result is a solid recovered fuel (SRF) with a grain size of 4.75 inches and a high-energy content, which is subsequently processed to produce pellets, according to the company.

“We have now received this award for the fourth time and regard it as an expression of the satisfaction of our customers and the industry with our products and our respective services,” says Lindner Managing Director Manuel Lindner.

Revised ANSI standard on mobile equipment receives approval

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, has announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), headquartered in Washington, has approved the revision of the mobile equipment standard Z245.1-2017.

The revision replaces the Provisional Amendment from 2014 and the standard from 2012.

Standard Z245.1-2017 applies to the construction, reconstruction, modification, care, maintenance, operation and use of mobile waste or recyclable materials collecting, transportation and compacting equipment.

This standard identifies requirements for refuse collecting and compacting equipment mounted on refuse truck chassis: rear-loading, front-loading and side-loading compacting equipment; roll-off and hoist-type equipment; grapple vehicles; satellite vehicles; waste transfer trailers; recycling collection vehicles; and mobile equipment with container and cart lifting equipment.

The revision of ANSI’s Z245.1-2017 standard includes:

  • removal of specific fall protection sections while acknowledging for each company to conduct a hazard assessment for its specific equipment;
  • clarification of collection operation, transit and using the restraining device; and
  • implementation of new signage.

Copies of this revised standard are available on the e-store on NWRA’s website, www.wasterecycling.org, and orders started being fulfilled in the middle of January.

As the designated Secretariat for ANSI standards for the waste and recycling industry for more than 50 years, NWRA coordinates the ongoing development of new and revised standards for equipment and protective gear.

Upper Valley Disposal upgrades Sierra material handler

Sierra International Machinery, Bakersfield, California, has announced the commissioning of a new Sierra 510 wheeled material handler at Upper Valley Disposal, Napa, California.

The completely updated Sierra 510 material handler offers operators advantages over earlier models, according Sierra. The unit is 58,000 pounds and has a reach of 33 feet. It is outfitted with a Tier-3A compliant Cummins diesel engine and Rexroth hydraulics designed for easy service. The operators cab features a cab riser for enhanced visibility and safety.

Bob Pestoni, owner of Upper Valley Disposal, says, “We’ve experienced increased production since commissioning the unit. Operation is very fast, and cycle times are extraordinary.”

Prestoni also notices a difference in the cab’s rising capabilities, which has created a safer work environment. “The cab elevates further, so our operator has better visibility. This has increased safety while also allowing him to more efficiently place material onto our infeed. We’re thrilled that we made the upgrade,” he says.

“We’re happy to continue our long relationship with Upper Valley Disposal,” says John Sacco, president of Sierra. “We have supplied them with equipment for many years, and to know that they came back to us because of our service and machinery that has delivered long life, low operating costs and superior production is very satisfying.”

Sierra offers a variety of material handlers from diesel-power hard rubber cranes to electric pedestal machines.

The company says the units are ideally sized for transfer station and material recovery facility (MRF) operations. Its offerings include a fully electric wheeled unit.

Navistar announces Diamond Supplier Award winners

Truck manufacturer Navistar, Lisle, Illinois, recognized 34 top-performing suppliers with its annual Diamond Supplier Award.

This select group, which represents the top 2 percent of the company’s supply base, helped Navistar improve customer uptime and exceeded performance expectations for quality, delivery, technology and cost, according to the company.

From freight and engineering services to tires, electronics and brake systems, the Diamond Supplier Award recognizes suppliers from around the world. The latest group of Diamond Suppliers includes a diverse group of businesses from the Midwest and other areas of the U.S., as well as global suppliers from Mexico, Taiwan, China and Canada.

The winners are Accuride Corp.; Aearo Technologies LLC; AL3 Inc.; Barpellam Inc.; Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC; Calark International; Caresoft Global Inc.; Continental Tire the Americas LLC; Cummins Inc.; Dayton Freight Lines Inc.; Donaldson Co. Inc.; Durable Products Inc.; EDS Manufacturing Inc.; Elgin Industries; Estampados Magna de Mexico; Exide Technologies; Hydrualic Tubes & Fittings LLC; Hyolim Industrial Co.; Julian Electric Inc.; KIC LLC; Maxion-Inmagusa; Meritor Inc.; Milton Manufacturing Inc.; MMI Engineered Solutions; PKC Group; Pulverman; Rosco Inc.; Shell Lubricants; Superior Trim; Tech Mahindra Ltd.; Transportation Services Inc.; Truckmovers.com Inc.; VOSS Automotive Inc.; and XPO Logistics Worldwide Inc.

“We appreciate the value created for Navistar customers through the long-term relationships we have with our suppliers,” says David McKean, vice president of procurement, Navistar.